Friday, February 28, 2014

The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day by Alicia de los Reyes

You’ve said it a dozen times before: If only you had the chance, you would write a chick lit novel. But between job, boyfriend, kids, school — life — you just can’t find the time.

The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day is the solution. This fun, cupcake-themed guide will take you from start to finish of your first draft. In 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now, you will learn how to create the perfect main character, her ideal love interest, a world for her to live in and an adventure that will draw in readers. You will outline your entire first draft — and then you will write it.

The Chick Lit Cookbook is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. It is full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper. The exercises can be done while sitting on the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or talking on the phone with your mother-in-law. This book will show you that you can and will write a chick lit novel.

Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide. The Chick Lit Cookbook will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy — it’s just like baking cupcakes!

For all of you chick lit lovers, aspiring writers, published writers, and anyone who wants a good laugh, this a great read. 
If you've ever thought of writing a chick lit novel, this is a must have.  Using humor and good sense, we're given step-by-step ingredients for mixing up the perfect chick lit novel.  All you add is the creativity!  Following each instruction, anyone can write a novel.  If you don't want to be a published author, think what a great gift a personally written chick lit novel would be! 
Alicia draws on her own expertise as well as pulling several examples in from common chick lit novels.  Whether you've read the books or not, you'll be entertained while she makes her point. 
Chick lit not your thing?  If you're an aspiring author, it doesn't matter.  There's still some valuable information here.  The section on character creation alone makes this a necessary read.  I can't tell you how many books I've had to give poor reviews that could have been saved by the information  contained in here.
Even if you aren't an aspiring writer, or a writer of any sort, but you enjoy chick lit, you'll still want to read this.  It's like a mishmash of all of your favorite books with a healthy dose of humor added!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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